Mar 23, 1940 - Nov 30, 2023
Loretta Marie Jaynes Rettew Craig
Jul 21, 1937 - Feb 26, 2024
Loretta Marie Jaynes Rettew Craig passed to her heavenly reward Monday February 26, 2024, in Austin, Texas. She suffered through all stages of dementia over the last 10 years and her passing has released her from the pain and confusion dementia causes. Loretta was born July 21, 1937 in Santa Ana, California to Milburn and Hazel (Aldrich) Jaynes. Loretta was proud of her maternal family’s native California roots. She was thrilled when she found out her 2x great grandparents, Ira and Lois (Lockwood) Aldrich helped settle and name the streets in La Habra, California, her 2x great grandfather C.D. Manning was an elected official, Los Angeles County Supervisor and her great grandfather Fred Aldrich started and served on the organization that would become the Chamber of Commerce for LaHabra. Loretta’s early years were spent in the home of her maternal grandparents, Harry and May (Enyart) Aldrich, in Costa Mesa, California, while her mother Hazel worked as a Rosie the Riveter during WWII. Loretta was seven when the war ended. Hazel remarried Gilbert H. Rettew (Gil), an officer in the Coast Guard assigned to duty in occupied Japan, so one of Loretta’s most memorable adventures began. Loretta lived in Japan for almost six years during the U.S. occupation and loved every minute of it. The military command encouraged the officers to hire locals to provide jobs as part of the Japanese economy recovery, so during her time in Japan, Loretta became accustomed to maids, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners and other general help. Loretta attended the American School, but she interacted with the children of the local help. Loretta kept in touch with several of Japanese and school friends for years after returning to the US. She told stories of going into town with ‘cook’, which meant going off base to the open-air market to buy squid, eel, octopus, cow tongue and other delicacies to be prepared for the families’ dinner. She became used to earthquakes; she would sleep through them. Treats took so long to arrive from the states that she learned to like the texture and taste of stale marshmallows and butterfingers. That never changed and once she returned to the US, she would buy marshmallows and butterfingers and put them away until they were stale before she ate them. Loretta obtained one of her most prized possessions while in Japan: an antique Japanese statue doll that she had on display in her home the rest of her life. Upon return to the US, Gil formally adopted Loretta. Loretta attended Santa Ana High School, graduating in 1955. She met many lifelong friends in high school. One of those friends was Wendell Craig, the man she would marry Nov. 9, 1955, in Santa Ana. Loretta was working as a telephone switchboard operator and Wendell was away at basic training for the Air Force. They had agreed to save $500 each before they would marry. When he came home from basic training, they had both saved $250. Although they had not met their agreed upon savings amount, they decided that $250 X 2 met the $500 they had agreed upon and pulled off a wedding in less than a week. The military sent them to Amarillo, Texas, (Loretta thought as some kind of punishment) before heading to Maine for four years, where their first and best child was born. After discharge from military service in 1961, Wendell and Loretta were back in Santa Ana. Loretta reconnected with her HS friends (Toby, Joanne, Jacki to name a few) Sunny southern California brought their next two kids, with the third child made up of left-over parts of the first two. For air quality reasons, Loretta and Wendell decided to leave California in 1969. The first stop was Ft Smith Arkansas, where they lived for a year. From Southern California to Ft Smith was like stepping back in time 20 or more years, from a 24/7 life to rolling up sidewalks at 5pm. And while their children loved it, Loretta and Wendell struggled to adjust. So, they decided they would find a more ‘modern’ place to live. They spent several weekends in the spring of 1970 visiting various cities, (Little Rock, Shreveport, etc.) and decided, without visiting it that Dallas would be their next home. After the school year ended, with a loaded U-Haul truck, and their station wagon pulling a trailer, they left Arkansas heading for Dallas. When they got to Dallas, things were not as they expected. They drove around, bought a newspaper for rent prices and jobs. Loretta decided Dallas was too big and not the happy medium they were looking for, so they decided to head south on IH-35 to see what Waco had to offer. When they arrived in 1970 Waco, they decided it was too small so they headed south again to Austin. Arriving in Austin, they decided to give it chance. While living in a KOA camp, Loretta and Wendell did adult things like search for a home and jobs while their kids played in the swimming pool at the campground. They found what they were looking for and settled in Austin for two years. In the spring of 1972, Wendell had an opportunity to attend Oklahoma Tech University (now Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) using his VA benefits so the family relocated to Okmulgee for two years while he earned his degree. Upon graduation, Loretta packed everyone and everything up and headed back to Austin. Loretta went to work at IRS and transferred into the Veteran’s Administration. She worked at the VA until her retirement in the mid 1990’s. In 1990, Loretta’s mother, still in California, became ill and was in need of assistance. Loretta took a 6 month leave of absence from the VA to assist her mother. Her reward was a genealogical goldmine. Her mother had boxes, drawers and crates of family pictures, documents, letters, personal memorabilia, maps and books dating from pre-civil war to the 1960’s that all had been passed down through the family. One land deed was from 1797. Loretta was already a certified genealogy addict, so this goldmine fed her addiction. (There was a bunch of cool stuff.) In a time when computers were not common in homes, and people over 60yo might not be inclined to learn how to use a newfangled thing for ‘fun’, Loretta worked with her tech savvy grandson to purchase, install and learn the basics of using a PC and the internet. She found distant cousins, shared the info in the treasure trove on her family, deciphered the handwriting in old letters (why does a ‘s’ look like a ‘f’?) and in general had a blast. She talked her daughter into joining the research, passing on her addiction and talked her tech savvy grandson into creating a genealogy website for her daughter to update. Loretta was a great artist who could draw, paint, sew and mold clay. She had several cabinets full of miniature vignettes of rooms using dollhouse furniture finds and her additions, made from all kinds of things. One item she liked was the plastic piece that holds the box top off the pizza. In her eyes it was a table. She loved making miniatures for dollhouses, and her miniature clay food was realistic. She had all kinds of pieces of small things that others might think were not worth bothering with that she collected and organized to use on her miniatures. Loretta’s retirement years were spent concentrating on her hobbies: collecting miniatures and hunting down ancestors until dementia made her favorite pastimes hard to do. Loretta loved chocolate, especially M&Ms. She only wanted the small bags because, like many of us, she had no will power to stop eating the cute little colorful candies. If she was given a large bag, she would eat some and then hide the rest, which in her later years turned in a scavenger hunt when she wanted to eat a few more. She loved hot breakfast tea in the morning and would sit, stirring and sipping a cup until it was cold. For her first purchase with her first paycheck as a telephone switchboard operator, Loretta bought a portable Singer sewing machine that she used the rest of her life. She was an excellent seamstress and made outfits for her daughter from the full skirts Loretta wore in the 50’s. A slimmed down skirt for Loretta and a dress with bloomers for her daughter meant they had matching outfits. Loretta would sketch out an outfit to be made for herself or her daughter, using the sleeves from one pattern, the skirt style from another, possibly the bodice of a third and then make it all work. Many times, she would redraw the design to include the patterns of the material purchased for the outfit, so those who didn’t have her vision could clearly see the intended outcome. Loretta continued to make clothes for her daughter even after her daughter married. Loretta made great dance and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren, some of those costumes won awards. She made special Christmas tree skirts with matching table clothes and stockings. She made custom pillows from needlepoint pieces. Loretta was happiest when she was busy and a project was coming together. Life’s adversities are not always of one’s making. Since the breakup of her parents’ marriage when she was very young, her father was not allowed to be a part of her life. When her mother passed in 1991, Loretta was finally able to locate her father’s name. Pre-internet, using the notary stamp on the adoption papers, Loretta tracked down members of her paternal family. Her father had already passed, but her uncle, aunt and otherwise unknown brothers and their families were still around and Loretta tracked them all down. She was thrilled to know she had a paternal family and was finally able to see who she resembled. Loretta had loved ones that preceded her in death: Wendell Craig, her husband of 63 years, her parents, Hazel Rettew, Gil Rettew and Mel Jaynes, her brother Haven Rettew, her brothers Chris and Wilton Jaynes. She is survived by her children Karen, Kendell and Kenneth, their spouses, Randal and Holly, her brother David Jaynes, her sister-in-law Jacki Russick, her grandchildren Alex, Nick, Matthew, Lindsey, Josh, Jordan, Kasey, Kassandra, Lily and Elijah and her great grandchildren Cash, Alba, Freya, Cosmo, Bethany, Isaac, Esther, Morgan, Theo, Julian, Oscar, Sterling, Simone, Santiago, Emery and Rose. Along with numerous nieces and nephews. Loretta was beautiful inside and out. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and genealogist. The next time you eat some M&Ms think of her and smile. Doesn’t matter if it is a small bag, a large bag, or a bag you had to find after you hid it from yourself. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Mission Funeral Home Serenity Chapel, 6204 S 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78745. Graveside Ceremony to follow at 12:00 p.m., at Assumption Cemetery.
Jan 23, 1960 - Feb 26, 2024
If anyone should ever write my life's story, for whatever reason there might be. Tell them I was born the third child to the proud parents Eugene and Inell Smith-Alexander, on January 23, 1960 in Austin, Texas. On Monday, February 26, 2024 at 1:15 pm God said unto me, well done, my good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, enter into the joy of thy Lord. I completed my formal education in the Austin Independent School District, attending Allan Elementary, Martin Middle School and graduated from Crockett High School in 1978. In high school I found my first part time job at the Chess Kings Men's Clothing Retail, I enjoyed what I was doing so after graduation I continued in retail at Scarborough's and later at Dillard's Department Store in men suits and was there until my health said no more. After a good rest I served as a crossing guard for AISD for two years at Winn Elementary and J. T. Brackenridge Academy. I accepted Christ at an early age by attending church with my Mom. But my real work for Him didn't start until I joined the St. James Missionary Baptist Church on June 19, 1981. I served as treasurer for the Young Adult Choir for many years before transitioning to the Mass Choir where I served and praised until my health failed. I stopped singing but I never stopped Praising. My parents, Eugene and Inell Smith-Alexander, my older brother Willie Eugene Alexander, my older sister Ruby L. Alexander and brother-in-law Ray Clay, preceded me in my home going. I leave to cherish our many precious memories my sisters, Inell Alexander, Verda Clay and Darlene Alexander. One brother Kirkwood Alexander (LaJuana), sister-in-love Betty Alexander all of Austin, Texas. My God sent family, Billy Steen, Lester Hunter, Katherine Moseley and Patrick Caldwell, whom I loved as if they were blood kin. And my loving nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
Victor M. Ochoa
Jan 25, 1961 - Feb 25, 2024
With profound sadness and a deep sense of loss, we announce the passing of Victor M. Ochoa, a beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend. Victor left this world on February 25, 2024, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, on January 25, 1961, reside in Austin Texas. Victor's journey through life was marked by his generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness.Victor was known for his humble and caring nature. He had a heart of gold and was always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. His patience and understanding were limitless, and his ability to touch the lives of others was truly remarkable. Victor's love for his family and Friends was immense, and he leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion.Preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Guillermina Ochoa, his son Victor Ochoa Jr., and his brothers Juan G. Ochoa and Francisco Ochoa, Brother-in Laws Jose Ballesteros and Jose Angel Vazquez.Victor's memory will be cherished and kept alive by his surviving family. His son Christian Ochoa will carry on his father's spirit of love and devotion. Victor is survived by his brother Felipe Ochoa and wife Gloria, Policarpio Ochoa and wife Maria, sister Maria Ballesteros, sister Carmen Vazquez, sister Aurelia Ochoa, Sister Virginia Esquivel and husband Raul . His sister-in-law Rosa R. Ochoa and numerous nieces, nephew, and other loving family and friends will forever remember Victor's gentle soul and warm heart.Victor's work life was spent alongside his father and brothers.Victor found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He had a passion for barbecuing, listening to music, and enjoying a cold beverage in good company. His laughter and stories added to the warmth of every gathering, creating memories that will continue to bring smiles to those who knew him.Victor Ochoa was a man of many virtues. His generosity knew no bounds, as he thoughtfully gave of himself and his time. His kindness was a beacon of light in the lives of many, and his actions were a testament to the beautiful spirit he possessed.As we say goodbye to Victor, we honor the life he lived and the impact he made. His journey on earth may have ended, but his spirit lives on through the love he shared and the lives he touched.Victor M. Ochoa's departure from this world is not just a time for mourning, but also an opportunity to celebrate a life well-lived-a life full of giving, caring, and loving. May he rest in peace, and may his memory be a blessing to all who had the privilege of knowing him.Pallbearers will be son Christian Ochoa, Nephews Raul Esquivel Jr, George Vazquez, Jose Ballesteros jr , Friends Ernesto Mercado & Homero Marquez Alfaro and honary Pallbearer will be his brother Policarpio ochoa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Con profunda tristeza y un profundo sentimiento de pérdida, anunciamos el fallecimiento de Víctor M. Ochoa, un querido padre, hermano, tío y amigo. Víctor dejó este mundo el 25 de febrero de 2024, tras una valiente batalla contra el cáncer. Nacido en Piedras Negras, Coahuila, el 25 de enero de 1961, reside en Austin Texas. El viaje de Víctor por la vida estuvo marcado por su generosidad, consideración y amabilidad.Víctor era conocido por su naturaleza humilde y solidaria. Tenía un corazón de oro y siempre estaba dispuesto a tender una mano a los necesitados. Su paciencia y comprensión eran ilimitadas y su capacidad para influir en las vidas de los demás era realmente notable. El amor de Víctor por su familia y amigos fue inmenso y deja un legado de amor y compasión.Le precedieron en la muerte sus padres, Felipe y Guillermina Ochoa, su hijo Víctor Ochoa Jr., y sus hermanos Juan G. Ochoa y Francisco Ochoa, sus cuñados José Ballesteros y José Ángel Vázquez.La memoria de Víctor será atesorada y mantenida viva por su familia sobreviviente. Su hijo Christian Ochoa continuará con el espíritu de amor y devoción de su padre. A Víctor le sobreviven su hermano Felipe Ochoa y su esposa Gloria, Policarpio Ochoa y su esposa María, su hermana María Ballesteros, su hermana Carmen Vázquez, su hermana Aurelia Ochoa, su hermana Virginia Esquivel y su esposo Raúl. Su cuñada Rosa R. Ochoa y numerosos sobrinos, sobrinas y otros queridos familiares y amigos recordarán para siempre el alma gentil y el corazón cálido de Víctor.La vida laboral de Víctor transcurrió junto a su padre y sus hermanos.Víctor encontró alegría en los placeres simples de la vida. Le apasionaba hacer barbacoas, escuchar música y disfrutar de una bebida fría en buena compañía. Sus risas e historias contribuyeron a la calidez de cada reunión, creando recuerdos que seguirán provocando sonrisas a quienes lo conocieron.Víctor Ochoa fue un hombre de muchas virtudes. Su generosidad no conoció límites, ya que cuidadosamente se entregó a sí mismo y a su tiempo. Su bondad fue un rayo de luz en la vida de muchos y sus acciones fueron un testimonio del hermoso espíritu que poseía.Al despedirnos de Víctor, honramos la vida que vivió y el impacto que tuvo. Puede que su viaje en la tierra haya terminado, pero su espíritu sigue vivo a través del amor que compartió y las vidas que tocó.La partida de Víctor M. Ochoa de este mundo no es sólo un momento de duelo, sino también una oportunidad para celebrar una vida bien vivida, una vida llena de entrega, atención y amor. Que en paz descanse y que su memoria sea de bendición para todos los que tuvimos el privilegio de conocerlo.Los portadores del féretro serán su hijo Christian Ochoa, sus sobrinos Raúl Esquivel Jr, George Vázquez, José Ballesteros jr, los amigos Ernesto Mercado y Homero Márquez Alfaro y el honorario Portador del féretro será su hermano Policarpio ochoa.
Herlinda "Linda" Leyva
Nov 23, 1939 - Feb 29, 2024
Herlinda "Linda" Leyva of Austin, Texas died peacefully in her sleep, on February 29, 2024 at the age of 84."Mom, Grandma, Welita, Granny, Linda, Sister, Tia, Prima, Cuñada, Sister In-law", whatever you called her, how ever you knew her, it was a blessing to be a part of her life.Mom, is what Indio and I called her. Was a loving and dedicated Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and In-law. She spent her life taking care of her loved ones. She was a the definition of a Noble Character, a True Proverbs 31:10 Woman. Herlinda was a Homemaker, and Mother. She didn't have a degree, but she was a Doctor, a Lawyer, a Teacher, a Counselor and a Chef.Herlinda is survived by her Son Pete Garza (Bea), grandchildren, Lazaro (Valerie), Rudy Astran Jr., Angel M Lopez, Linda Perez, Fernanda Perez, Anthony Ramirez (Mayra), Richard Balderas (Marie), and Naomi Mane, great-grandchildren, Lazaro Jr, Celeste, Madelyn, Ilijah, Michael, Cassi, Aurora, Albert, Ariana, Aiden, and Megan siblings, Christina Rodriguez, Guadalupe Leiba, Joe LeybaHerlinda was preceded in death by her Husband: Rosalio "Chalio" Perez, Children: Rudy Astran Sr., Parents: Maria Garivai, Manuel Leyva, Siblings: Freddie Leyva, Pete Leyva, Lydia Leyva, Maria Herebia.We would like to thank Southpark Meadows Nursing & Rehab for the care and attention they gave Mom while she stayed there,and to the Nursing and Attending Staff at Heart to Heart Hospice.A public Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at Harrell Funeral Home ChapelFollowing will be a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM Tuesday March 5th, 2024 at Harrell Funeral Home Chapel~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Herlinda "Linda" Leyvade Austin, Texas, murió pacíficamente mientras dormía, el29 de febrero de 2024 a la edad de 84 años."Mamá, Abuela, Welita, Abuelita, Linda, Hermana, Tia, Prima, Cuñada, Cuñada", como la llamaras, como la conociste, fue una bendición ser parte de su vida.Mamá, así la llamábamos Indio y yo. Fue una esposa, madre, abuela, hermana, tía, prima y suegra amorosa y dedicada. Pasó su vida cuidando a sus seres queridos. Ella era la definición de un carácter noble, una verdadera mujer de Proverbios 31:10. Herlinda era ama de casa y madre. No tenía título universitario, pero era Médica, Abogada, Maestra, Consejera y Chef.A Herlinda le sobreviven su hijo Pete Garza (Bea), sus nietos, Lázaro (Valerie), Rudy Astran Jr., Angel M Lopez, Linda Perez, Fernanda Perez, Anthony Ramirez (Mayra), Richard Balderas (Marie) y Naomi Mane. bisnietos, Lazaro Jr, Celeste, Madelyn, Ilijah, Michael, Cassi, Aurora, Albert, Ariana, Aiden y hermanos Megan, Christina Rodriguez, Guadalupe Leiba, Joe LeybaHerlinda fue precedida en la muerte por su Esposo: Rosalio "Chalio" Pérez, Hijos: Rudy Astran Sr., Padres: María Garivai, Manuel Leyva, Hermanos: Freddie Leyva, Pete Leyva, Lydia Leyva, María Herebia.Nos gustaría agradecer a Southpark Meadows Nursing & Rehab por el cuidado y la atención que le brindaron a mamá mientras permaneció allí.y al personal de enfermería y atención de Heart to Heart Hospice
Theodor "Ted" Ernst Becker
Dec 30, 1935 - Feb 29, 2024
Theodor "Ted" Ernst Becker went peacefully to be with our Lord on February 29, 2024, at the age of 88 with family by his side. Ted was a brilliant, compassionate, and loving man, and he will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.Ted was born on December 30, 1935 in Austin, Texas. He lived his entire life in Austin, graduating from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. As Chief Actuary with the Texas Department of Insurance for more than 20 years, Ted was involved in many major life and health actuarial projects affecting state regulation of insurance. Ted is credited with creating an actuarial method in use today which is related to term life insurance. Called the "Becker Method," it became the precursor of the NAIC model rule. In 2002, the American Academy of Actuaries honored Ted with the Robert J. Myers Public Service Award. This award is presented annually to an actuary who has made a noteworthy contribution to the public. After retiring, Ted traveled the globe seeking new places to explore and new people to meet. Ted was a lifelong bachelor who loved his family, cats, travel, collecting stamps, and exploring and documenting Ghost Towns and abandoned Post Offices. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Elenora "Bobbie" (Spillman) Becker and Theodor Ervin Becker; his nephew, Travis David Burnett; and his brother-in-law, David Edward Burnett. He is survived by his sister, Alice Ann Burnett, his brother, Erwin P. Becker (John Ellen), and his cousin, Margaret Ann White. Ted is also survived by his nieces, Deanne Kyle (Kevin), Lenore Chiles (Chris), and Karen Krajicek (James); his nephew, John Becker; his great nieces, Erin Kyle, Abigail Chiles, and Emma Chiles; and his great-nephews, Brett Kyle, Luke Chiles, James Krajicek, and Robert Krajicek. The family would like to extend thanks to Ted's neighbor and family friend, Kenneth Osborn, and the staff at CareFor, especially Etienne Belinga, for their kind and attentive care for Ted. Services will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas. The burial will follow a reception at Bethany and will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 16th and Navasota in Austin. Harrell Funeral Home of Austin will be handling the funeral arrangements.
William (Bill) Richard Pitcher
Jul 24, 1928 - Mar 01, 2024
William (Bill) Richard Pitcher was called to his Heavenly Father on March 1, 2024. Bill was born in Austin, Texas on July 24, 1928 to Lorin and Mary (Cunningham) Pitcher. He graduated from Austin High School in 1945 and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He served two years in the Signal Corps during the Korean conflict. He was employed by the Texas Highway Department in the Bridge Division from 1954 until his retirement in 1987. While participating in International Folk Dancing, he met his wife JoAnn Lucile Bruggman. They were married in 1959 and enjoyed 64 years together. They traveled around the world, ballroom danced, and were involved at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Bill loved his dogs and often spoke fondly of Pooch and Pepper, and could be seen slipping dinner snacks to Tufy and Foxy. Shooting marbles, collecting stamps, being in Boy Scouts, and throwing a paper route kept Bill busy in his youth. Later, he would enjoy shooting guns at the farm, boating with his family, camping around the U.S., and spending time with his granddaughters. Bill also loved getting the chance to unwind each year at Port Aransas while watching ships in the channel and catching naps in the ocean breeze. Bill is survived by his wife, JoAnn; his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Jose Garcia; daughter, Karen Pitcher; granddaughters, Lauren Garcia Chance and Alma Garcia; and great grandson, Atlyn Chance. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 11:00 am at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 606 West 15th St., Austin, TX 78701. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to St. Martin’s Endowment Fund in Bill’s memory.
Barbara Neale Reamy Brown
Oct 21, 1931 - Feb 26, 2024
Barbara Neale Reamy Brown, 92, passed away on February 26, 2024 at home surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her parents Robert N. Reamy and Willie D. Reamy, her sister Rebecca R. Harding, and by her husband of 55 years Horace S. Brown. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara N. Brown of Austin, TX; a son, Denver Jason Brown of Richmond, VA; sister, Mary Jo Douglas of Farnham, VA; brothers, Robert N. Reamy, Jr. of Heathsville, VA, and Charles Pitt Ramsdell Reamy of Boydton, VA; plus many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was a graduate of Northumberland High School, and of Richmond Professional Institute – now Virginia Commonwealth University -- School of Education. She taught at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, VA from 1953-1955. She taught in a kindergarten for several years in the early to mid-1960s in Winchester, Virginia. After the family moved to Richmond, Virginia, she was a faithful, active member of Derbyshire Baptist Church. She was family-focused, hard-working, and a conscientious, productive employee in every position she held. Being able to spend time tending to her yard and plants was a source of pleasure for her, and she enjoyed the memories and decorations for the holidays she arranged inside the home. Her kind spirit, good humor and strength live on in our hearts and memories. The family would like to thank Affinity Hospice Care and Care Advantage for their help in her final days. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Fairfields Baptist Church, Burgess, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Derbyshire Baptist Church, www.dbcrichmond.org (attn: building fund), or to a charity of your choice.
Wade Landers Johnson II
Jun 02, 1984 - Feb 17, 2024
Wade Landers Johnson II, born on June 2, 1984, bid farewell to this world on February 17, 2024. Wade was cherished by many and his presence will be sorely missed by all who knew him.A Funeral Service to honor and celebrate the life of Wade Landers Johnson II will be held on March 4, 2024, at All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services in North Austin. The service will commence at 11:00 AM to reminisce, share memories, and pay respects to a remarkable individual.Wade was a beloved son, brother, and friend. His kindness knew no bounds, and his gentle spirit touched the hearts of everyone around him. Wade's legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to live on through the lives he has positively influenced.He is survived by his family who will always hold him close in their hearts. While we mourn the loss of Wade Landers Johnson II, let us also celebrate the beautiful life he led and the profound impact he had on those around him.In this time of profound grief, let us come together to honor Wade's memory and find solace in the wonderful moments we shared with him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Hettye Sue Craver Bridger
May 09, 1943 - Feb 28, 2024
Hettye Sue Craver Bridger died in Austin, TX, on Feb 28th, 2024 surrounded by her husband, two daughters, four granddaughters and the devoted and caring members of the Silverado Barton Springs Memory Care Community. Born and raised in Paragould, Arkansas, the only child of Bea and Homer Craver, Hettye Sue was always a small-town girl at heart. She loved simple pleasures, a good laugh and time spent with friends and family. Her parents and extended family doted on her and she adored them. Her sweet memories included riding in the back of her Dad’s pickup to the local Dairy Queen, playing outside until nightfall with her friends and sleeping under the stars on the screened-in front porch. Hettye Sue was always an excellent student and musician. In high school, she played clarinet in swing bands and was a majorette. Her striking beauty, grace and killer legs led her to become Miss Paragould and to compete for the Miss Arkansas crown, where she finished runner up. Later, Hettye Sue attended Arkansas State University where she was in the marching band and twirled fire as a majorette. She was recognized as honorary colonel in ROTC and graduated college with a degree in Elementary Education. During her time at Arkansas State, through a close friend, Hettye Sue met a pre-med student named Mike. It was love. Mike and Hettye Sue married soon after and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this July 24, 2024. To help Mike through med school, Hettye Sue taught 3rd and 4th grade at a public elementary school in Little Rock, Arkansas. She soon gave birth to two daughters, Lisa and Lara, who she raised with tremendous care and affection. The family moved to Maxwell Air Force Base, in Montgomery, Alabama, where Mike served as the director of Pathology and Clinical Laboratory and as the director of the Air Force School of Cytotechnology at Maxwell Air Force Base. Together the Bridger family decided to call Montgomery, Alabama, home. Later in life, once her girls were grown, Hettye Sue worked for a national roofing company in Montgomery, formed by her husband and a close friend. Always eager to learn more, she went back to school in her 50s and earned her Master’s in Psychology at Auburn University at Montgomery. Then she applied that knowledge to a successful career in real estate. She was a trusted friend and advisor to many clients and took great pride in helping others create beautiful homes for themselves. Always a natural athlete, Hettye Sue was also an avid tennis player and golfer for over 30 years. She competed in numerous tournaments but always kept the joy of the game top priority. She was even honored to have a Dream Court tennis facility named after her, where individuals with mental and physical handicaps will have easy access to all the gifts her beloved game of tennis has to offer. Later in life Hettye Sue developed frontotemporal dementia, but Hettye Sue’s light shone brightly even in this dark time. She was a founding member of Montgomery’s First United Methodist Church Respite Ministry which provides support for families and individuals dealing with dementia. The friends she made there changed her and she changed them. She danced, did better on the games and quizzes than the people asking the questions and developed a wonderful talent for painting and drawing that she cultivated passionately until her death. In a word, Hettye Sue Bridger is unforgettable. She always saw the positive side of life. She was comfortable in her own skin and never put on airs. She was vibrant and genuine, vivacious and loyal, determined, detail-oriented, witty, honest, undeterred by any challenge life gave her, and a natural beauty. She loved fiercely and was fiercely loved. Hettye Sue will forever be remembered by family and friends as a devoted wife and mother, loving grandmother, a dear friend, an avid tennis player and golfer, a fun-loving spirit, for her gorgeous smile that would light up even grayest day, and again, can we talk about those legs? Hettye Sue will rest alongside family members in her hometown, Paragould, Arkansas. Her burial will be private, but a separate Celebration of Life will be held in Montgomery, Alabama on the afternoon of March 23rd at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her name to the First United Methodist Church Respite Ministry or to Dream Court. Respite Ministry First United Methodist Church - 2416 West Cloverdale Park Montgomery, AL 36106 Dream Court - PO Box 6236 Montgomery, AL 36106 dreamcourt.org
Virginia Santee Gilabert
Mar 15, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024
Virginia Santee Gilabert, known as ‘Gigi’ to friends and family, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of family on February 20, 2024. She was born March 15, 1941 in Batavia, NY. As a teenager she moved with her family to California, where she procured her first job as a greeter at the newly opened Disneyland with her older sister. She married young and moved to East Africa with the Foreign Service. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, cried when the train doors opened at her first sight of Venice, Italy, lived in a VW van traveling Europe with her children, ascended Machu Pichu, and learned how to rock climb at Joshua Tree. She taught us about music, art, and how to love nature as we lived in a campground for an entire school year. She returned to school for Film Studies after her children were grown and arranged film director lectures at small independent film houses. She lived life on her own terms. For the last 10 years she has lived at home in Austin, Texas with her daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Houston while she traversed the challenges of her Alzheimer’s journey. This was all possible due to the support from all the families and friends who have love her as their own, taken her to the movies, out on the dance floor, watched SNL and music videos for hours on end, “Gigi-sat” so her family could get a break every now and then. We had set out to have her be part of the family, in the mix, out in the open, and damn if we didn’t succeed. She is lovingly remembered and missed by her siblings Anne, Wendy, David, and Billy, her children Elizabeth, Peter, Stephanie, and James, and her grandchildren Thomas, Erika, and Vivien as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and family who were more like friends and friends who were more like family. We will miss her gentle soul, childlike giggles, and fierce love for us. We are deeply saddened yet relieved that her 10-year dementia journey is now over. She was the family storyteller – we will do our best to keep those stories alive. Sweet Dreams, Mom – we love you. xoxo For those who are able we are including a donation link in Gigi’s honor to Age of Central Texas, a caring center that helps older adults and their caregivers thrive as they navigate the challenges of aging and caregiving. https://ageofcentraltx.org/index.php/get-involved/donate/